Share Christ, love people.
FOR THE BAY AREA
The Bay Area is home to 8 million people, but only 5 percent of the population are churched. Out of every 100 people you meet, only 5 attend church.
Our vision is to share Christ and to see a community transformed by His love and selfless grace.
Hayward is a beautiful tapestry of diversity, development, and life. It’s the fifth largest city in the Bay Area. There is a Cal State school with 20,000 students attending every year, a Junior College with 15,000 students, families laying down their roots, and a growing population of young professionals searching for meaning and purpose. There are opportunities to help and serve in the community. There are people to love and a city to cultivate. The harvest is plentiful.
The word, ‘gospel,’ means ‘good news.’
There's a lot of bad news in the world. So, we’re all looking for something that transcends it--something that lifts us up, and gives us hope that life is worth living, people are worth loving, and justice is worth fighting for.
Well, Christianity is about a God who deeply cares about us. Heck, He’s created us and looks down upon us with love, grace, and hope. He’s sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to radically and positively change the course of our lives. Even though our rebellion and selfishness have separated us from God, He sent Jesus to rescue us and give us a relationship with Him. This is good news. Rather, it contains the greatest news we could ever hear.
There's much more to this, of course. But fundamentally, the gospel of Christianity is good. It can’t hurt you; it can only help you.
This is what Risen is committed to.
What we believe in
BIBLICALLY ORIENTED (2 TIMOTHY 3:16)
We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. We want to be a church where God's Word is learned, loved, believed, and obeyed.
PRAYERFULLY DEPENDENT (ACTS 2:42)
We are a church that prays. Prayer affirms that we depend upon God for everything. Prayer nourishes the relationship we have with God in Christ, our own lives, and life with each other. Prayer is the spiritual means by which God works out His glory and our good, which are synonymous with one another.
REST & WORSHIP (HEBREWS 10:24-25)
God calls His people to meditate, reflect, rest, get refreshed and renewed in the love and power of Christ together. From here, God builds a community of grace. Worship is to be joyful, culturally relevant, and personally meaningful.
GOSPEL POWER (TITUS 2:11-14)
The gospel is the love, hope and power of Jesus Christ for His broken and restless people. This story about Christ’s life, death and resurrection is the “power of God for salvation”
(Rom. 1:16b).This transforms our lives both now and for eternity. We want the power and truth of the gospel to shape all dimensions of our church and our lives. Every aspect of life matters to God. God desires people to honor Him in their work, in their pastimes, in their neighborhoods, and in their homes.
RELATIONSHIPS (EPHESIANS 4:1-14)
Relationships are a commitment to one another. Our relationships follow the kind of relationship God extends to us. It's compassionate, sincere, encouraging, and prayerful. We hold the paradox of compassion and accountability. We accept that we will grow, but we will also fail. We will need forgiveness and encouragement. This is true relationship.
OUTWARD FACING (MATTHEW 28:18-20)
The Gospel is a story of God in Christ moving out of His position of highest privilege to seek and save the lost. God’s grace brings people in because He was willing to move out. At Risen, we believe that this church does not exist only for us, but for those who’ve never considered being part of a church. We want others to feel like they belong even before they believe.
JUSTICE & COMPASSION (MICAH 6:8)
Scripture reveals that God cares deeply about the poor, the widow, the orphan, the foreigner, and the disenfranchised. We want the values of God's kingdom to transform our time, talent, and treasures for the good of others. We want to honor God by working for justice on their behalf, and by showing them His compassion through tangible acts of love. When the Spirit enables us to understand what Christ has done for us, the result is a life poured out in deeds of justice and compassion for the marginalized. We are committed to work and pray toward this end.
ETHNIC UNDERSTANDING (REVELATION 7:9-17)
The Gospel is the message of God's love for all humankind. It looks at everyone from God's perspective--all made in His beautiful image. This is the fundamental bedrock of Gospel unity amongst real diversity. Jesus Christ has created one new people (the church) out of many (ethnicities). Therefore, Risen not only welcomes, but empowers all the different members in the body of Christ, in order that we may fully experience the love of God through one another.